Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Fairly Ridiculous Music Machine

Got this in the inbox. Pretty remarkable. Here's the copy that came with the forward:
This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of Engineering at the University of Iowa . Amazingly, 97% of the machines components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of Bancroft Iowa, yes farm equipment!

It took the team a combined 13,029 hours of set-up, alignment, calibration, and tuning before filming this video but as you can see it was WELL worth the effort.

It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.


  1. Aw, shoot. I have to do this:

    Snopes "Music Machine"

    It's an amazing animation created by AtomFilms; they have some other great stuff as well.

  2. Damn. That's supposed to say, "I hate to have to do this:" Durrr.

  3. Still, Theodor Seuss Geisel would have been proud.

  4. Anonymous12/19/2006


  5. Well, its a pretty good prank. I was digging it!

  6. kate - I suspect you enjoyed that. But always better to know The Truth. That's what links, if not blogs, are for.

    mist - I was going to get one of those and sent it to you for xmas. oh well.

    anon - you again? get some rest.

    xeno - yeah, if you can dream it, yo ucan build it, so the real one must be coming soon.


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